Culture Events: Picks for the Weekend

Ahram Online, Wednesday 27 Jun 2012

After a few hectic weeks in Egypt's politics, Ahram Online's Art & Culture team bring you their recommendations for events in Cairo and beyond: Thursday through Sunday (28 June - 1 July)

Mashrou' El Mareekh's Open Mic Night (Photo: Mashrou' El Mareekh on Facebook)

Thursday 28 June


Artist talk by Joshua Goode at Darb 1718 at 7pm

The award-winning American sculpture and painter will give a talk on the philosophy behind his art at Darb 1718, who are currently hosting an exhibition of his work entitled “Lost Gods”. The collection of 200 sculptures, Goode says, looks at "ancient civilisations and contemporary culture to consider how humans deal with their own mortality.”

QasrAl-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque


Yasser El-Manawehly, Mado and his Taxi band at El-Geneina Theatre at 8:30pm

El-Manawehly, a satirical artist who refuses to adhere to a political ideology is said to deconstruct unhelpful takes on the January 25 Revolution through mockery. He is joined by guitarist Mado and his band of amateur musicians, who blend different genres to appeal to younger audiences.

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo


“Sit down, I'll Tell You a Story” Photography exhibition at MashrabiaGallery,ongoing

Compiled by photographer Mauro L’Abate and writer Consuelo Costa, this exhibition explores the human experience through telling the story of the chairs we sit upon. “A chair can tell you wishes, hopes and doubts. They are witnesses of human troubles or achievements. You can often find scars on them,” says the gallery. More info here

8 Champollion Street, Downtown, Cairo


Gallery collection exhibition at Al-Masar Gallery ongoing

The event showcases a selection from the last four years’ exhibitions at the Zamalek gallery including work by the stars of 20th-century Egyptian art, pioneers of the third, fourth and fifth generations, and young artists of today. Featured artists include Adel El-Siwi, Ahmed Fouad Selim, Essam Marouf, Georges Bahgory, Hamdi Attia, Ibrahim El-Dessouki, Mahmoud Abdullah, Sami Aboul Azm, Sami Abdul Azm, Kareem El-Qurity, Leila Ezzet, Omar El-Nagdy, and others. Open from 11am to 9pm. Read more here.

Al-Masar Gallery, Baehler’s Mansion, 157b 26 July Street, side entrance on Isaac Jacob Street (ground floor), Zamalek, Cairo


Friday 29 June


Screening of 'Landscape in the Mist' at Sufi Bookstore at 7pm

This 1988 Greek production, which won “Best Direction” at the Chicago International Film Festival, tells the story of two children, Voula and Alexandre, who are in search of their father, supposedly living in Germany. The film is the creation of multi-award winning art film director Theodoros Angelopoulos.

12 Sayed El-Bakry Street, Zamalek, Cairo


Omar Khairat Concert at the Cairo Opera House at 8pm

Renowned Egyptian pianist and composer Omar Khairat is set to take the main hall stage of the capital’s opera house, this Friday.

Cairo Opera Grounds, Zamalek, Cairo


Wust El-Balad concert at El-Geneina Theatre at 8.30pm

The popular underground band returns to the Al-Azhar Park stage with their much-loved blend of contemporary Egyptian tunes, jazz and world music.

Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Cairo


“6 Years in Egypt” Photography exhibition in El-Cabina Centre ongoing

In Alexandria, the El-Cabina centre hosts Swiss artist Olivier Guignard, who offers up reflections on his time spent in Egypt. Guignard presents his six-year-long stay in the country’s coastal city before he is due to finally leave. The exhibition is ongoing until Saturday.

11 San Saba Street, Downtown, Alexandria


Saturday 30 June

Meetphool: Clown, Mime and Street Performance in Studio El-Madina and Anas El-Wogood Café at 7pm

Meetphool, a platform connecting artists, hosts a smorgasbord of street mime and clown along with storytelling, interactive theatre, contemporary dance, mini-concerts and poetry. The performers hail from across Egypt including Cairo, Alexandria, Minya and Fayoum.

8 Talaat Harb Street, Downtown, Alexandria.


“Solid Urban Waste Project” Townhouse Gallery at 7pm

The Spanish architecture collective “Basurama” together with architect and urban planner Omar Nagati, showcase the results of a workshop held in Cairo, in which participants explored waste as a primary resource in order to design and build prototypes.

Factory Space, Hussein El-Memar Pasha Street, off Mahmoud Bassiouny Street, Downtown, Cairo. 


Opening of harassment exhibition 'Enough' in Darb 1718 at 7pm

Harassmap, an online initiative mapping out sexual harassment in Egypt, join forces with Darb 1718 to host an exhibition featuring various artists, that encourages women to speak up against harassment on Egypt's streets. Aya Mostafa will be playing music for the opening night. Read more on the initiative here.

QasrAl-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque


Sunday 1 July

Mashrou El-Mareekh's Open Mic Night in Makan Centre at 7pm

El-Mareekh are back with their monthly open mic nights, giving everyone who signs up five minutes of fame to do whatever they want in front of an audience. Past performances have included music, stand up comedy, talks and group meditations. Read more on the El-Mareekh Project here.

1 Saad Zaghloul Street, Downtown, Cairo


Film Screening of “Bird” in Darb 1718 at 7.30pm

Originally set to be screened last week, the biographical film follows the life story of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker - featuring tunes like “Lester Leaps In”, “Ornithology”, “Why Do I Love You”, “April in Paris” and “All of Me”. Directed by award-winning Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood, it stars Forest Whitaker and Diane Venora. 

QasrAl-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, behind the Hanging Church and Amr Mosque


“The Holy Family in Egypt” exhibition at the Picasso Gallery

This exhibition centres around portrayals of biblical scenes of Christianity’s holy family in Egypt. Including sculpture, watercolour, oil painting and metal work, the event features contemporary Egyptian artists Helmy El-Tony, Mohamed Thabet, Mohamed Haji, Mostafa El-Razzaz, Mostafa Rahmy, Nathan Doss, Omar El-Fayoumy, Ramadan Ibrahim, Reda Abdel-Rahman, Ragheb Ayad, Farid Fadel, Georges Bahgoury and Effat Hosny, among others.

30 Hassan Assem Street, off Brazil Street, Zamalek, Cairo


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